Grasp a small star, and you’ll receive a small amount of happiness. Grasp a large star, and you’ll receive a large amount of wealth. Grasp both, and you’ll receive an eternal wish. Revue Starlight, the brilliant anime about a group of theater girls fighting each other for the sake of winning the lead role in a timeless play, is coming to both Nintendo Switch and Steam as a visual novel in 2023.
The anime follows Karen Aijo and Hikari Kagura, two girls who in their youth promised to perform in the play “Starlight” together when they got older, and now battle classmates and each other in “auditions” to become “Top Star” and the lead in the play. Spun off of a wide multimedia project, the 2018 anime was followed by a mobile gacha game (Revue Starlight Re -LIVE-) later that year and Revue Starlight: The Movie in 2021, a film that garnered the most fans per viewer of ANY movie on Letterboxd in 2022. And as somebody who saw that movie in theaters, let me tell you, it deserves that bana-nice accolade.
The visual novel will be published by overseer Bushiroad’s new console development rung Bushiroad Games, and developed by Frontwing (the Grisaia series, Island). At least one source claims that the announcement stream confirmed an English localization, and Frontwing has had an internal English localization team since 2016 (all their released games since have gotten a translation). Given the niche but passionate fandom for Revue Starlight over here, we certainly hope it happens.
Details for the VN itself and its plot are currently unknown, save for the fact that it will be handled by Tatsuto Higuchi, who wrote the script for both the anime and the movie as well as a large part of the mobile game. Hopefully we find out more details soon.
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